Brenham Tech Daily

Summer Saturday Snippet: Turn Your Doc Into a Form

Turn Your Google Document Into a Google Form
Do you have Google Docs in your Drive that are quizzes or tests for your students? Or, do you have some old tests that you had in a Word Document that you copied and pasted into a Google Doc? Do you want to get those documents into forms? Then install the add-on, Doc to Form
Remember, that this is an add-on, so you must open your Google Doc first. Then click "Add-ons" and click "Get add-ons" button. Once you add it, then it will always be under your Add-Ons. 

Using the Add-On is Simple
1. Click "Add-ons" and click "Create Form From Doc"
2. A side bar will pop up on the right side. 
3. Highlight the first question on the Google Doc.
4. Then click "use selected text" and check which type of question type it is. If it is multiple choice or checkbox, then you can copy and paste answer choices in the text box. 
5. Keep adding questions until you are finished, and then click "create form" and "view form" button.

Take Your Doc to Form

Summer Sunday Shout-Out: Team Drives via #BISDwired

This past week in Brenham ISD we opened up access to Team Drives for our district.  Access to Team Drives can be found in your Google Drive.  To help our educators with this new access, we have created two tutorial videos and a quick-access website for instructional assistance.  

What is Team Drive?
-A shared space in Drive to create, store, and access files with your TEAM.  All members in the Team Drive are shared owners of all files and folders. Meaning, that if a team member leaves the district, all files and folders stay in that Team Drive, and won't be deleted.

-Team Drives function similarly to existing shared folders in Google Drive, but include two additional features to protect against shared data loss:
  1. New levels of access for members
  2. Team based ownership (all members are owners).  

New levels of access for members:
Full Access, Edit Access, Comment Access, View Access

  • Full access: By default, all members in the Team Drive can manage members, and upload, edit, move or delete all files.
  • Edit access: Edit all files and upload new files. These people can’t move or delete files.
  • Comment access: Can only comment on all files.
  • View access: Can only view all files.

Prior to creating your own Team Drive, please watch the videos, visit the instructional website, and ask questions if needed.  Use responsibly. :)

More training to come in the future. Stay tuned!

Summer Saturday Snippet- Translate Your Google Doc to Any Language

Translate Your Google Doc to Any Language

Do you have any students in your class that need their notes translated? It has never been easier. 
1. Open Google Doc
2. Go to Tools
3. Click "Translate Document"
4. Decide on your title and what language you want to translate it into.
5. Click "Translate" 
6. Now your document is translated.

Last Blog Post of the 2016-2017 School Year

This year has been an amazing adventure!  Thank you for your continued support through our blog and social media!  Our BISDwired ITS Team (Brittni Branton, Troy Kuhn, and Tom Spall) wouldn't be able to help as many teachers without the fantastic educators that read our blog, share our story from Brenham ISD, or collaborate with us through Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.  Thank You!

This year started off with a bang by hiring our third Instructional Technology Specialist, Brittni Branton.  Brittni was hired onto our team after Jessica Johnston became our amazing Director of Communication and Special Projects for BISD.  Brittni works at our High School, Alternative Campus, and Central Office.  Brittni was able to bring phenomenal ideas, innovation, and cross-curricular collaboration to Brenham High School and our Department.  We are extremely lucky to have Brittni as part of our team.

This year also gave us our best Geek Week professional development attendance by BISD educators in 3 years!!  We offered our Geek Week PD 198 different times this year on 7 campuses.  274 total Brenham ISD educators attended between 1-6 sessions accumulating a total of 906 total participants! 

Our blog, , has grown massively this year due to excellent posts from our blog authors.  Daily, we continue to supply educators with great instructional, teaching, and technology tips, tricks, and strategies.  This year also brought our 1000th blog post to our readers including some of our most popular post. 

We usually don't post very much between June 14th - August 1st... but we will try to add some great content that we learn about from attending conferences this summer!  Stay tuned for Google updates, new web tools, upcoming conferences, etc.  Please, if you need to get a hold of our Instructional Tech Team, BISDwired, contact us at

We can't wait to collaborate with you during the 2017-2018 School Year!

Thursday Thank You! #EduFamilyDay

Join us today, June 1st, 2017, by saying Thank You to the spouses and family members of educators!  

Personally, I wouldn't be where I am today professionally, if not for the amazing support of my wife and two daughters.  So many nights, especially as a classroom educator, were spent up in my classroom until very late in the evening.  Grading papers, prepping lessons, afterschool activities, staff meetings, cleaning the classroom, and loads of paperwork.  On top of all that, we also selflessly give various amounts of our income to school supplies, projects, classroom utilities, etc.  
I can't count the hundreds of times my wife helped me organize my classroom, organize my papers, help prep my lessons and classroom, etc.  Thank you, Rachel Spall, for all you go through being a wife of an educator.  You are amazing!  

-Tom Spall

Web Tool Wednesday - Free Apps plus Pick of the Day GOOGLE ASSISTANT

The following educational iOS apps are free today. Apps that are newly free today are listed in italics at the beginning of each categoryApps of exceptional value or use are bolded. Download the apps as soon as possible as they can go to paid status at any time.

APP OF THE DAY:  Google Assistant 

Some things your Assistant can help with: 
- Make quick phone calls (e.g. "Call Mom.")
- Send text messages (e.g. "Text my bestie.")
- Send emails (e.g. "Email your boss the latest TPS report.")
- Set reminders (e.g. "Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah.")
- Set calendar events (e.g. "Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9.")
- Play music (e.g. "Play Jazz music on Youtube.")
- Navigate to places (e.g. "Get me directions home.")
- Ask it anything (e.g. "Will I need an umbrella today?")

App Development/Technology Applications
Augmented Reality (AR)
Books/Interactive Stories
Coding/Computer Science
Foreign Language
Social Studies
Special Needs
VR (Virtual Reality)